CSL: First diesel-electric laker begins maiden voyage

The first diesel-electric laker departed on its maiden voyage on 31 January. A new purpose-designed self-unloading ship owned by CSL group.

M/V Nukumi, the first diesel-electric laker, departed on its maiden voyage on 31 January. It is a new purpose-designed self-unloading ship owned by Canadian shipping company Canada Steamship Lines (CSL).


Sailing from Jiangyin, China to Halifax, Canada, M/V Nukumi’s voyage will endure six weeks according to expectations.

The 26,000 dwt vessel will be the first diesel-electric laker and the first single-point loader to operate in Canada.

On 19 January 2022, Chengxi Shipyard transferred ownership of Nukumi to CSL during the official signature ceremony. 

The newbuild is purpose-built for Windsor Salt with advanced environmental technologies. The vessel will service Windsor Salt’s Mines Seleine located in the eco-sensitive marine environment of the Magdalene Islands.

Note that, the vessel features an advanced hull design, quieter machinery, single point of loading system, and a shuttle boom. Hence, as expected, it will bring a long-term, sustainable, efficient, and reliable shipping solution to the Magdalen Islands region. Particularly, it will load deicing salt at Windsor Salt’s Mines Seleine mine. Thereafter, deliver it to stockpiles throughout Eastern Canada to help keep roadways safe during the winter season.

CSL has aligned with Canada’s nationally determined targets under the Paris Climate Agreement. The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35% below 2005 levels by 2030.

To achieve this objective, the company is taking concrete actions by building more efficient ships, investing in R&D and innovation, and exploring and testing new technologies, fuels and digital solutions.

diesel-electric laker

During the 2021 navigation season, the company was testing second-generation biodiesel on half of its fleet —  a first for the Great Lakes shipping industry.

On another approach, Baleària has embarked on a project to build the first electric ship, a passenger-cargo ferry. The subject vessel will be pollution-free during port stays and approaches while incorporating green hydrogen on an experimental basis.

Source: CSL Group